Preparing & Presenting Circle Time
Circle time is a major part of most preschool & many primary classroom!s curricula. In circle
time you can bring a group together as a community, introduce new ideas & concepts; present
different themes for the day, week, or month in a playful & entertaining, low key manner.
Sometimes a light weight, fun approach to subject matter provides a low stress environment in
which a child can learn. A well done circle time can be that environment.
Circle time covers some very important basic information which young children need to learn.
Circle time can introduce subject matter from one perspective & be reinforced & approached from
other directions with other kinds of activities. Some of these circle time curricula include the alphabet
& phonics, counting & number concepts, the calendar, auditory discrimination activities, learning to
follow directions, & introducing words in other languages to mention just a few. You may also have
group discussions during circle time.
It is important to plan circle time in advance. You might choose books to read, songs to sing,
games to play related to the theme of you curriculum for that day, week, or month.
You should have a schedule & a learning plan for me to peruse when you present circle time
in this class.
Circle time for this class needs to include:
1. A greeting song, chant, activity
2. A relaxation/stress management activity (I like “Sunshine”)
3. The alphabet & phonics
6. At least one story
7. At least one song (can be a finger play)
8. Preferably 2 gross motor activities
9. Plan an accommodation (a change in the curriculum &/or environment) for a
student in your class w/special needs. I am looking for thoughtful accommodations in your
circle time learning plan.
The breakdown for your circle time evaluations is:
learning plan: 20 possible points
Presentation: 30 possible points
Circle Time Learning Plan
1. Greeting Activity:_____________________________________________________
2. Stress Management Activity: _________________________________________
3. Curricular Activities:
5. Songs: ______________________________________________________________
6. Gross Motor Activities:
7. Accommodations for Children w/Special Needs:
Need Accommodated: ________________________________________________
8. Supplies: ___________________________________________________________